If it Floats....

8 films in this block (58 minutes)

If it Floats....

Canoe or kayak, whichever you prefer! Take a trip with “Granddad” around the lake, and learn to safe around riptides in “Flip, Float, and Follow.” Feel the love of water and earth with “Trail Builders: Sam Crowley” and “Waterway Jay.” Then, see how a canoe is made in “The Birth of a Dugout Canoe.” Just around the river bend….


The Films

Granddad

  • Year 2016
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Corey Robinson

Every morning in the summer, Grandded rises at dawn to row twice around the lake. Join himon his morning meditation.

Flip Float and Follow (A Drowning Survival Strategy)

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 16 min
  • Director Pat Noyes

Understanding rip currents in the Great Lakes

Trail Builders: Sam Crowley

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Aaron Peterson

The Birth of a Dugout Canoe

  • Year 2017
  • Country Latvia
  • Runtime 14 min
  • Director Jacob Dimiters

This documentary features the difficult and time-consuming process of making a traditional expanded dugout canoe using mostly traditional hand tools and techniques. The woodworker is Rihards Vidzickis, an experienced green woodworker, wood sculptor and dugout canoe maker. Rihards’ passion for green wood and solid wood creations has only grown since his childhood days.

Waterway Jay

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 6 min
  • Director Brenda Piekarski

In 2017, Jay Gustafson launched Paddle for Progress, a two-year, 4,300-mile personal journey in response to Governor Dayton’s call for water action. Jay’s mission to reconnect humanity with one of our most precious resources took him to the most remote and least visited corners of Minnesota, as well as through nearly every major community in the state. Alone in the wilderness, Jay reminds us how we are all linked to water, one of the most powerful elements on earth that is in a constant state of danger. His passion for paddling and call to something greater than himself leads us down water trails into our own spirit’s journey and connection with the earth. Waterway Jay is the story of this one man’s journey to save water, and how we are connected to it all.

Natural Playground

  • Year 2017
  • Country France
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Ben Leclair

Benjamin Leclair makes the most of a bad situation wakeboarding through the streets of a flooded Paris. Gorgeous aerial footage makes it look much better than it probably smelled.

Four the Water Teaser

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 5 min
  • Director Ryan Busch

During summer 2018, four friends from Marquette, Michigan will embark on a kayaking voyage around Lake Superior to help raise education about the Great Lakes. During their journey, they will live with the land and water, and will conduct research for the Superior Watershed Partnership. In addition, they will learn with the residents who share the water, and how our lakes connect us all.

Don's Canoe

  • Year 2017
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 8 min
  • Director Leanne Allison

For Banff locals, Don Gardner is a name associated with legendary climbs and epic ski traverses. Don’s Canoe is a simple short film that shows his lifelong passion for old ways. A life well-lived shapes this beautiful canoe.